Coming Soon: 2010 MazdaSpeed 3

Posted: Feb 05, 2009 10:43 a.m.

Mazda fans can get ready for a little more zoom-zoom. The brand has announced that the replacement for the popular MazdaSpeed 3 will appear at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show next month.

AutoWeek reports, "Details remain scarce, but the company has announced that the 2.3-liter direct-injection turbocharged four-cylinder will continue to power the range-topping model. No performance numbers were released. In the current car, the engine is good for 263 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque."

Kicking Tires adds, "The Mazdaspeed3 borrows styling cues from its big brother, the Mazda6. Judging from the available pictures, unique features include a giant hood scoop, larger rims and dual chrome tailpipes. The Mazdaspeed3 will only be available as a four-door hatchback."

It won't reach the U.S. right away. Edmunds Inside Line reports that Mazda expects to wait "a minimum of six to eight months" after the Geneva debut to begin selling the car stateside.

Pricing has not been announced, but will probably stand close to the $24,000 price tag of the last MazdaSpeed 3.

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